Loss of Colleague & Friend




July 28, 2017

The Indiana University School of Medicine is deeply saddened to announce the death of Kimberly Quaid de Cordon who joined the school’s faculty in 1990. 

Quaid was professor of medical and molecular genetics, faculty investigator at the IU Center for Bioethics, director of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence at IU, director of the Predictive Testing Program and co-director of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program at IU School of Medicine.

Quaid was a genetic counselor and bioethicist who contributed influential works in areas of genetic testing, informed consent, research integrity, and gender equity.  As director of the Predictive Testing Program, she provided genetic counseling and testing for individuals with and at risk for Huntington’s disease, early onset Alzheimer’s disease and Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease.

Quaid was internationally regarded for her work and a highly sought after collaborator. She authored or co-authored over 35 books, book chapters and peer-reviewed publications focused primarily on ethical issues in genetic testing.  She served as chair of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Study Section of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health from 2005-2007. 

Quaid was born on October 25, 1955. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in psychology from Brown University in 1977 and both her Master of Arts (1982) and PhD (1986) from Johns Hopkins University in psychology with a concentration in public health.  She began her academic career as a research assistant in psychology at Johns Hopkins University, where she was the coordinator of one of the first programs in the world to offer presymptomatic genetic testing for Huntington’s disease. 

She leaves behind her beloved husband, Luis, and two daughters, Sabrina and Sophia. 

 Services will be held at Flanner and Buchanan, 2706 Kessler Boulevard West Drive, Indianapolis on Sunday, July 30, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Visitation will be from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Indiana University Foundation: Huntington Disease Center of Excellence Fund. Donations can be mailed to IU School of Medicine, c/o IU Foundation, PO Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460.

Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, August 23, Jack Hosty will present "Community Consent in Emergency Medicine Research" at 1:00 p.m. in HITS 3139.  The presentatoin is part of TREATs (Translational Research Ethics:  Applied Topics).  Live streaming is available at:

On Tuesday, September 12 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Debra K. Litzelman, MA, MD, MACP, Director of Education, IU Center for Global Health will present WeCare Indiana Program.  The presentation is part of the IU Center for Bioethics and IU Center for Global Health Seminar Series.  The talk will be given in RO121, Rotary Building.  Everyone is welcome.  Lunch is provided.  Unable to attend?  Please join us using the web conference link:

Conference ID:  232749095 (if prompted).

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